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The National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA)

The National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) is a partnership program to stimulate innovative research and improved workplace practices. Unveiled in 1996, NORA has become a research framework for NIOSH and the nation. Diverse parties collaborate to identify the most critical issues in workplace safety and health. Partners then work together to develop goals and objectives for addressing these needs.  more...

National Sector Agendas

NORA Sector Councils  have created sector agendas for the nation to guide research and research-to-practice through the decade ending April 2016. The Councils will update the National Sector Agendas as needed. Please send suggestions for improving the agendas any time. All comments sent to the NORA Coordinator will be forwarded to the relevant Council.


New Falls Campaign Partner

Safway has joined a long list of partners in the national campaign to stop falls in construction (, the leading cause of construction worker fatalities. The campaign was initiated by the NORA Construction Sector Council and is led by NIOSH (, OSHA ( and CPWR ( The Safway Group supplies products and services to thousands of commercial construction sites across the country. For more information, contact Christine Branche at Mention of a company does not imply NIOSH commercial endorsement of their products or services.

Pilot Study of Smartphone Sound Measurement Apps

Interactions between the NORA Manufacturing Sector Council, NIOSH Manufacturing Program, and the NIOSH Hearing Loss Program fostered a NIOSH pilot study to examine the performance and applicability of smartphone sound measurement apps. The study included 10 apps available in June 2013. The results were reported in a peer-reviewed paper (, which currently is the #1 viewed/downloaded paper on the journal’s website with over 5,500 full-text downloads. A popular NIOSH science blog on the subject ( has over 7,400 views. And a Twitter campaign (#soundmeterapps) reached 320,000 accounts. For more information, contact Thais Morata,

Reducing Injuries from Nail Guns

Reducing injuries from nail guns is a goal of the NORA Construction Sector Council to reduce "struck by" injuries. Nail guns are a leading cause of injury among residential carpenters and responsible for an estimated 37,000 emergency room visits each year, of which 60% are occupationally related. NIOSH researchers have developed nail gun safety recommendations to prevent the hazards. A new NIOSH topic page ( highlights the extent of the problem, discusses what can be done to prevent the injuries, and provides links to recent key NIOSH publications (such as Straight Talk About Nail Gun Safety; and Nail Gun Safety: A Guide for Construction Contractors) and journal articles on the subject.

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